Monday, January 05, 2009

So begins another writing year


Happy New (Writing) Year!

The holidays are officially over and it's time to get back to work! Have you made some resolutions? How are you doing with keeping them so far?

I surprised even myself by signing up for a one-month course. An excellent writer's blog I read is Kristi Holl's Writer's First Aid . She alerted me to the existence of WritersU which offers many courses. One that she recommended and which is running right now is called "Defeat Self-Defeating Behaviors," taught by psychologist Margie Lawson.

The courses are not expensive ($30 and this one runs through January, or you can purchase the lecture packets through Margie Lawson's website for $20 and do the course on your own).

I signed up, and am hoping to slough off some of my time wasting and avoidance habits like distractibility, getting sidetracked on internet bunny trails, being a slave to email and blog stat checking etc.

If you're interested in signing up, new registrants will be accepted through the first week of January. The advantage of the course is that you can participate in discussion, learn from others, and get involved with a Change Coach. Lurking is also allowed. Of course you can purchase the lecture packs to do the course on your own any time.

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My latest (January 1st) Poets Classroom column is about voice. Check out "Poetic Voice Lessons - Lesson 1: Sharpen your ear."

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